JACKO'S TOP GEAR; Dapper Champ Gives One-Off Peek Inside His Wardrobe

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JACKO'S TOP GEAR; Dapper Champ Gives One-Off Peek Inside His Wardrobe


Byline: BY RICHARD EVANS

SUPERSTAR athlete Colin Jackson has opened his wardrobe to Wales on Sunday, and now we're asking - is this Britain's most stylish sportsman?

Just take a look at these pictures of the Welsh Olympic hero and tell us Cardiff's most famous son isn't as hot on fashion as he is on hurdles.

Colin, 34, rummaged through his glad rags to come up with this unique, one-of-a-kind calendar - designed to show one lucky Jackson fan that however good he looks in running shorts and vest, he looks even better when he's dressed to the nines.

The 2002 Colin Jackson calendar - of which only one is being made - is up for grabs for a lucky viewer of HTV's Passion For Fashion show.

Colin explained: "I was asked to model 12 different outfits for the programme, one for each month of the year, from my own personal wardrobe. So I chose some of my favourites, did a shoot, and the pictures were made into a calendar.

"But as only one is being made, whoever wins it will have something unique on their wall for the next 12 months!"

Presenter Sarra Elgan Rees talked to Colin - who was awarded the MBE in 1990 - about his fashion tips.

And, as Colin was quick to explain, it's not about following trends - it's about setting them.

"My first criteria when it comes to buying clothes is nothing to do with how they look, and certainly not how fashionable they are, " he said. "First they've got to be comfortable and practical.

Only if I feel good in them will I consider buying them.

"Obviously, I do an awful lot of travelling, so I need clothes that I can put in a suitcase and carry around without much hassle.

"When I think of my taste in clothes, I tend to think it as a sort of self-made fashion. I tend not to buy everything from the same shop, or from the same designer. To me, that's boring.

"You won't find me obsessing over whether or not my look is designer co-ordinated. I prefer to mix and match different things I like.

"I've got my own ideas about clothes and I don't tend to be swayed by what's trendy at the time, or get influenced by what other people think I should be wearing.

"Beyond that, I wouldn't say I've got any hard-and-fast rules.

"My rule is - if I like it, I wear it."

And according to programme maker Glesni Thomas, Colin's highly-individual take on style is just the ticket.

"I'd say Colin has got a very nice fashion sense, " said Glesni. …

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